Bisping: Liddell Mad At UFC, May Join Bellator
Over the past month, retired UFC legend Chuck Liddell has been publicly discussing a potential return to mixed-martial-arts. According to UFC champion Michael Bisping, Liddell’s comeback may happen for the top MMA promotion’s biggest rival.
Bisping said on his Believe You Me podcast that Liddell was angry with the UFC after he was fired from his post-employment job with the company. He was among the many layoffs that took place following WME-IMG’s purchase of the UFC from the Fertitta brothers last summer.
“I’m in the circle, where people tell me things,” Bisping said. “This is me putting out a disclaimer, if they hear me saying this, I can say ‘I said it was third hand information’, when really it might not be third hand information.
“Somebody at the weekend told me that Chuck Liddell is really pissed off, because he had a pretty sweet deal with the UFC when he left this job. He was an ambassador for the UFC. I believe he was on $1 million a year, that’s the number I heard.
“It was great that the UFC was doing that, but now of course, new UFC owners came in. I heard that Chuck was really pissed off, so that’s why he’s possibly going over to Bellator.”
Liddell has been talking trash with his old rival Tito Ortiz again, who may end his own retirement if the opportunity to rematch Liddell becomes a reality. Ortiz retired after his latest Bellator victory over Chael Sonnen in January.
Bisping believes it would be a mistake for the 47-year-old Liddell to come back to fighting, but if he does want to compete again then Ortiz makes the most sense as an opponent.
“Can he compete? Should he comeback? The answer is no. Can he compete, and should he fight against Tito Ortiz? The answer is probably yes.”